Lose Weight in the Michigan Summer
Summer is here, and with that means warmer weather, longer days and a renewed opportunity to get active.
Exercise is a fundamental aspect of any successful weight loss program. To burn calories you need to move more, but exercise isn’t limited to the four warehouse walls of a gym. Physical activity can happen anywhere: in your backyard, at a local park and even along a nature trail.
Immediately after weight loss surgery your activity level may be limited to light intensity walks and similar activities, but as your body heals you’ll be able to engage in more vigorous forms of exercise. Take this opportunity to begin exploring activities you actually enjoy. Living an active lifestyle is about more than spending a few hours a week at the gym. It involves finding things to do that will keep you on your feet without always feeling like a workout.
There are some people who really love their workout routine, and if that is you, then that is wonderful. However, for others getting to the gym is a challenge, both in finding the time and the energy. Michigan is filled with natural wonders that can help you get active doing things you love to do.
Here are a few ways you can take advantage of Michigan’s summers as you lose weight:
- Go hiking: Hiking is a great way to get outside, absorb a bit of sunshine and come face to face with nature while you walk a mile or so. The Border to Border trail that connects Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor is paved, which makes it safe to walk with the whole family.
- Biking: You don’t need to travel far to go for a good bike ride. Get together with friends, neighbors or encourage your family to head outside with you and go for a quick bike ride around your neighborhood. For a longer excursion, take your bike out to a paved hiking trail.
- Swimming: The lakes are a great place to go for a swim, but aside from these outdoor spots there are plenty of indoor community pools that you can take advantage of, like the Rutherford pool in Ypsilanti.
Every season has its benefits, but when it comes to spending time outdoors summer is especially great. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the trees are in full bloom. Try getting outside and enjoy a bit more of the season this year as you lose weight.